UNICODE workshop to be held at GUtech in February


The German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech), located in Halban, will hold a special Unicode Workshop focusing on the Middle East, Africa, Central and South Asia between 14-16 February 2016. The Workshop is organized by GUtech and sponsored by The Research Council (TRC). A group of top-level computer scientists from Silicon Valley (US) and other countries will give presentations on the creation of Unicode for the internet.

Unicode has facilitated the transcription of different languages for the internet usage. “This tutorial workshop is a three-day event designed to familiarize the audience with Unicode and the concepts of internationalization. It is the first Unicode event in the Middle East and Asia,” said Dr. Hussain Al Salmi, Deputy-Rector for Administration and Finance at GUtech.

Unicode provides a unique number for every character in the internet – no matter what the platform, no matter what the program, no matter what the language. Linguists, cultural experts from different countries and many others contributed to the success story of the internet Unicode. According to Lisa Moore, Vice President of Unicode, Unicode the code is developed by the worldwide internet community. It started in 1991 with 7000 characters, today Unicode has encoded more than 130,000 different elements of writing.

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